Your Best Ideas for Pineapple

May 14, 2012

Pineapple
Photo by Joseph De Leo; styled by Mariya Yufest

Welcoming the warm breeze of late spring with the tropical zing of pineapple feels just right, as the fruit has long been a traditional symbol of hospitality. According to legend, when first receiving pineapple in his court, King Louis XIV was so eager to taste the exotic fruit he took a bite without peeling it and cut his mouth on the crowned fruit's horned skin. Centuries later, the world is still enamored with this Brazilian import and its sweet-tart flavor.

Popular in tropical dishes and Latin and Asian cuisines, this juicy fruit is known for its acidic properties, which help prevent other fruits and vegetables from oxidizing and balance hot spices. Also, an enzyme in pineapple called bromelain tenderizes animal proteins by breaking down the protein in collagen, a tough substance that gives structure to muscle tissue.

Pineapple marries well with pork, seafood, and poultry, especially when its partner on the plate is grilled. It also adds zing to salsas, salads, and smoothies. This armored fruit shines in sweet preparations as well, with desserts like pineapple upside-down cake leading the charge.

How do you utilize this tufted fruit? Share your favorite ways to enjoy pineapple in the comments section below. Remember, if you choose to upload a recipe (and we hope you will), please mention it in your comment.

We'll assemble and share some of our favorite ideas next week.

My Mom's Pineapple Upside Cake Pineapple Chicken Kebobs with Quinoa
Photos by James Ransom (left) and Jody Horton

Recipes

Spicy Chocolate-Dipped Pineapple with Sea Salt
Fresh Pineapple Salsa
Pineapple-Chicken Kabobs with Quinoa (pictured above, right)
My Mom's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake [FOOD52] (pictured above, left)
Chili el Pastor [FOOD52]
My Favorite Pina Colada [FOOD52]

For more spring produce inspiration, check out our previous topic, Your Best Ideas for Lemongrass, and the selection of your best tips and recipes, How to Use Lemongrass.

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    BakerJohn says: We keep it simple. Sprinkle cinnamon on both sides of fresh juicy slices of pineapple and grill it along with whatever else you are grilling. Great with chicken breasts, burgers...

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    Jewelz528 says: I love adding frozen, organic pineapple chunks to my morning green smoothie. It makes my morning so tropical :) Recipe is based on Kimberly Snyder's glowing green smoothie, but I replace the pear with pineapple chunks and the regular water with coconut water. Yum!

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    G Greens says: I love pineapple's anti inflamatory properites.Since I have been eating fresh pineapple daily,my joints pain is almost gone.I love it prepared anyway,but am partial to roasted and drizzeled with Stonewall Kitchens sesame ginger teryiaki sauce over bed of jasmine rice;top with chopped scallions!!

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    MotherWouldKnow says: Whenever we grill, we add pineapple and serve it as a side dish with grilled meats and veggies. Often they are simply plain (delicious) slices, sometimes add sea salt or baste them with maple syrup or a bit of brown sugar or a bit of soy sauce mixed with garlic, dry sherry and a touch of sugar.

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    Lily says: One of my local Whole Foods (DC/Maryland) makes grilled pineapple with a honey/chipotle glaze. Maddy, I would love it if you could print the recipe for this.

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    Maddy is the senior editor of Whole Foods Market Cooking.

    Maddy, Editor says: Happy to do a little hunting for the recipe. :) Do you remember which store had it?

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    Maddy is the senior editor of Whole Foods Market Cooking.

    Maddy, Editor says: Hi Lily, Here is the recipe for Honey-Chipotle Grilled Pineapple: http://greaterdc.wholefoodsmarketcooking.com/recipes/12983_honeychipotle_grilled_pineapple Enjoy!

    about 1 year ago
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    Lily says: Thanks so much Maddy!

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    Damari says: Pineapple chunks dipped in Caramel-Cognac Fondue Pineapple chunks mixed with mandarin oranges Grilled Pineapple slices sprinkled with brown sugar

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    panfusine says: Pineapple Rasam (a clear broth like soup spiced with cumin & coriander)

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    lulu ja says: I uploaded this receipe to the site, let me know if their are any problems. :)

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    Maddy is the senior editor of Whole Foods Market Cooking.

    Maddy, Editor says: Looks great, lulu ja. Thanks for sharing!

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    lulu ja says: Pineapple Salsa! Chopped Pineapple, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Red Onion, Chopped Cilantro, salt, lime juice. Deliche!

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    lulu ja says: http://greaterdc.wholefoodsmarketcooking.com/recipes/12962_pineapple_salsa

    about 1 year ago

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